Skilled Village Craftsman of Ban Chiang, Thailand
This chapter presents the osteobiography of a middle-aged man from Ban Chiang, Thailand (1700-900 B.C.). Carbon and nitrogen isotope analysis from bone apatite and oxygen, carbon and strontium isotopes from tooth dentin, and archaeological context of the interment were used to reconstruct the life history of this individual. Dubbed “Vulcan” during excavations, this was a robust man, who died, possibly of a pulmonary infection, after a relatively long life of physical activity, including crafting metal or wood and hunting.
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